Libbey to be exclusive distributor of premium dinnerware brand
TOLEDO, OHIO, July 23, 2014 -- (NYSE MKT: LBY) Libbey Inc. and the German-based Schönwald have announced today an agreement in which Libbey will become the exclusive foodservice distributor of Schönwald dinnerware products to the U.S. and Canada, effective January 1, 2015.
Through this exclusive agreement, Libbey Inc., a leading supplier of glassware, dinnerware, flatware and holloware products to the foodservice industry, will be offering new premium dinnerware choices for U.S. and Canadian foodservice customers. Schönwald is one of the world’s leading providers of high-end porcelain for foodservice.
“We are extremely pleased that Schönwald will be joining the Libbey family,” said Rob A. Bules, vice president, U.S. & Canadian Foodservice Sales & Marketing, Libbey Inc. “This agreement directly supports our strategic goal to further grow our business in the foodservice industry. These new choices for dinnerware extend our high-quality premium offerings, providing our foodservice customers with the broadest tabletop choices available in the U.S. and Canada.”
“Two renowned names in the world of tabletop will be working together in the important North American market,” said Andrea Täuber, director International Sales Schönwald. “Not only do we share a long tradition of more than 130 years, but also common values like commitment to the highest quality and superior service. The products of these two companies are a perfect fit.”
About Libbey Foodservice
Libbey® Foodservice, a division of Libbey Inc., sets the standard in the foodservice industry for design, quality and service. It manufactures and distributes the complete tabletop, including Libbey Glassware, Syracuse® China and World® Tableware dinnerware and flatware, and is the exclusive distributor of Spiegelau and Nachtmann to the foodservice industry in the U.S. and its territories. For more information, visit libbey.com.
About Libbey Inc.
Based in Toledo, Ohio, since 1888, Libbey Inc. is the largest manufacturer of glass tableware in the western hemisphere and one of the largest glass tableware manufacturers in the world. It supplies glassware, tableware, flatware and serveware products to foodservice, retail, industrial and business-to-business customers in over 100 countries, and is the leading manufacturer of tabletop products for the U.S. foodservice industry.
Schönwald is one of the world’s leading providers of high-end porcelain for food service. Schönwald has been familiar with the special conditions in industrial kitchens and the demanding requirements of restaurateurs and chefs for 135 years. The brand stands out because of its exceptional, practical design, long-lasting collections and excellent product quality “Made in Germany.” Schönwald porcelain is manufactured in one of the world’s most state-of-the-art production facilities. To ensure that this extremely robust porcelain can stand up to constant use in industrial kitchens, a high-quality porcelain body and a high firing temperature of over 2600°F are required. Striving to manufacture porcelain as environmentally friendly as possible by conserving resources and reducing emissions to the minimum, the brand’s energy and environmental management system have received international ISO norm 50001 and 14001 certification.
# # #